1 Nov 2015

A time in Italy (1)

Regular readers of this blog know that we go over to Italy several times a year where we soon get into our usual way of life in our Italian home.  There are always chores to do, but since arranging for a family member to maintain the few vines that we've kept, someone else to cut the grass etc. there's less heavy work for Mr. P. to do on the land and more time to relax and enjoy Italian life.
We stayed for longer than usual so that grandson no. 4 could come over during the half term holiday and by the end of October the weather was unpredictable, especially as we live in the foothills of the Apennines.  Some days we enjoyed sunshine and blue skies. However, when it rains in October you certainly know it! Thunder rumbles and lightening flashes around the mountains and on one occasion we lost mains electricity overnight. Fortunately I don't keep much in the freezer as we eat fresh food thanks to receiving gifts of produce from our family and neighbours. It's also easier to buy fresh milk, fish and meat as and when we need it and, of course, we get invitations to eat out with the family. There's always a big family gathering of Mr. P.'s  three sisters and their husbands, children and grandchildren on a Sunday, each family taking it in turn to host the lunch. (Mr. P also had older half siblings who've now passed away, but we see extended family members who live in Rome and England from time-to-time).


Here are some photos to illustrate our time away this season:-













The grapes for making wine were gathered
 and processed and some table grapes were left for eating
during our time there. 







In between the rain showers we gathered the apples, 
the hazel and walnuts. We cleaned off the outer skins, left the nuts
 to dry a little in the sunshine and gave most of them to family members.


The new graft of a branch from a nectarine tree onto
a peach tree that produces late season peaches has done well.
Hopefully we should get two seasons of  different fruit
from the same tree when it matures.
 (growth upwards from the X)
  

One of my sisters-in-law gathered the peaches
and pears from our fruit trees during that season. She bottled some
  and gave me a couple of bottles to try.


I have several sisters-in-law and they gave us produce.
Our neighbour grows vegetables on the land below our
terrace and gave us a cauliflower.






Life slows down so there's time to notice 
who goes up and down the lane....




and observe the creatures in the garden.
 The praying mantis was the latest
one to entertain me although he did crawl
very slowly into some places where he
could have got squashed i.e. onto the front door
mat and onto one of the car tyres.
It was intriguing to see that it
didn't like smooth surfaces, but
preferred to crawl over rough ones.


Sunset...


and sunrise.  

Next time I'll share some more of times when we were out and about in the local area and Rome.
Meanwhile, wishing you a peaceful Sunday,

Linda.

24 comments:

  1. Looks positively blissful!

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    1. It is a pleasure to spend time in the Italian countryside with the help of very supportive family and neighbours.

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  2. It looks wonderful. So glad you found plenty of time to relax and that Mr P now has help in the garden so that he can take it a bit easier too. It sounds like an idyllic way of life, taking things slowly and noticing what's going on around you rather than the usual hustle and bustle.

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    1. Once we've got over the travelling to and fro and have settled in we certainly enjoy our time in Italy.

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  3. So beautiful. What a pretty area. xoxo Su

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    1. South Lazio is a beautiful region of Italy.

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  4. hello
    on profite du soleil plus clément de l' Italie

    Rouge, les feuilles de l'érable.
    Orange les champignons des bois.
    Jaune le soleil qui se voile.
    Marron, comme le tronc.
    Belles sont les couleurs de l'automne !
    bonsoir
    bisous

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    1. Hello Iris (Edith). Thank you for your words about autumn. It's a lovely season and I hope you're enjoying it in your beautiful region of France.

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  5. Good to have you back Linda. As always your time in paradise looks and sounds just heavenly. Good to know that Mr P didn't have as many chores this time round.I love the sound of those storms! Your pics are wonderful and give a good idea of life in Italy. The blue skies, sunsets, grapevines and nuts are all marvelous. How interesting re your grated tree producing two types of fruit. The geese in the lane had me smiling....and wow! The praying mantis sure does look creepy!xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. Italian life as we experience it is as good as I describe it. Even negative aspects of practical living get sorted out when you have family support and the right attitude to deal with them.

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  6. i slowly went through the enlarge slide show and your home is so beautiful and the countryside, even your cauliflower is ART. you are blessed to have all that family to visit with and to bring you fresh food.. the vineyard shot is wonderful. a few months ago we watched several episodes of American Pickers and they were in Italy, it was the best 4 shows they have ever done. the people were so kind and funny, full of humor and good will and even when they spoke a language we did not understand we felt their words

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    1. The support of a community - family members in particular - is of benefit when living this kind of life style, Sandra. It certainly helps us in our two-country domestic routine. I'm sure the programme you watched was informative and enjoyable.

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  7. There is something special about revisiting the 'old ways'. A slower pace of life, family and food fresh from its source. Hard to find these days.

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    1. Very true Jessica. Italy has economic problems like the rest of us, but being able to supplement one's food source by living off the land benefits the countryside family today just as it did in the past.

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  8. Lovely photos, Linda - the colours are so deep and clear, it looks as if you had a most wonderful visit:)

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    1. It was a good trip, Rosie. I think the light makes all the difference when taking photos. We had mixed weather, as I've mentioned, so the next set of photos will be different in tone, but we had a good time taking our grandson around the area and into the historic centre of Rome.

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  9. Bello spaccato di vita sull'Appenino, Come si chiama il paese? Vedo che siete molto bravi a curare le piante e risultati sono evidenti. Complimenti a tutti
    Emi

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  10. Hello Linda, Welcome back. My heart felt such peace as I wandered through your garden with you. I could almost feel the warm sunshine on my face and smell the ripe fruit hanging from the trees and vines. My grandmother had a friend with a giant walnut tree. I remember going there to gather the nuts when I was a little girl. Blessings to you and Mr. P.

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    1. Thank you Gloriade. We did enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. When the clocks went back an hour I woke up even earlier than usual and enjoyed a wonderful dawn sky which you can see in the last photo. I videoed it and played it back and could hear the birds singing their dawn chorus and a cockerel crowing. A good reminder of our time away. It's a pity I can't download the video clip onto the blog for you to enjoy too. Every blessing, Linda.

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  11. I enjoyed this post about your Italian life so much. So nice to get fresh products from gardens of your neighbours and family and you have such delicious looking grapes in your garden. It looks all quite idyllic and peaceful, so nice you can slow down and enjoy the life of little critters in the garden.
    About the weather: We have been twice in Italy in Lazio and Umbrie in October/November. It was very nice but we really had some terrible thunderstorms, almost frightening.
    Have a nice week!
    Janneke

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    1. Thank you Janneke. As you've been to Lazio and Umbria you'll know all about this way of life. The thunderstorms can be dramatic at certain times of the year. I believe that some regions have been suffering from floods and mudslides although not in our area, thank goodness.

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  12. Great shots. It sure shows everything is much slower paced there, or at least by the looks of it. Not sure I'd like that slow of a pace haha

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    1. Thank you Pat for your visit and comments. We have the benefit of retirement from work so can enjoy that slower pace of life whilst in Italy and then get back to a busier time with family commitments when we're in the UK.

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